Jun 24, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Arena das Dunas, Natal
Italy
0-1
Uruguay

Balotelli (22'), De Sciglio (77')
Marchisio (59')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Godin (81')
Rios (46'), Muslera (90')

Alessandro Nesta: 'Gianluigi Buffon can play on for Italy'

Nesta: 'Buffon can play on'
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Former Italy defender Alessandro Nesta backs veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to continue his international career following the team's exit from the World Cup.

Former Italy defender Alessandro Nesta has backed veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to continue his international career.

Buffon, 36, and his Italian teammates were knocked out of the World Cup on Tuesday as a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay saw them fail to get out of Group D.

Despite some doubts over whether Buffon will continue playing for Italy following the team's exit, Nesta believes that he should carry on for the Azzurri.

"For how long Gianluigi Buffon remains with the national team I'm not sure," he told Goal.com. "In my opinion he's still the best goalkeeper and he showed it against Uruguay as well.

"He can decide whatever is best for him but my view is that he's still extremely competitive."

Buffon is Italy's most-capped player with 142 appearances for the national team.

Uruguay's defender Diego Godin celebrates scoring with his teammates during the Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014
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